Four peaceful years have since passed with Ragnar as Earl. The time has come for an unlikely alliance to band together in pursuit of a common goal–a new raid on England. A storm pushes the Viking fleet to a new destination, and on the beaches of Wessex, Ragnar and his men may have met their match.
AccessHollywood.com – When Alyssa Sutherland’s Princess Aslaug sailed to Kattegat in the Season 2 premiere of “Vikings,” it’s fair to say Ragnar’s wife, Lagertha, was less than pleased.
In fact, after briefly considering Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) idea – both women could live with him and share him – Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) packed her things and left with their son, Bjorn.
But will the new couple – Ragnar and Aslaug – have happy times ahead? AccessHollywood.com went to Alyssa to find out about that and if she thinks the two women could have lived in harmony with just one blue-eyed hubby between them.
AccessHollywood.com: Do you think Aslaug and Lagertha could have lived in some sort of peace if she hadn’t left?
Alyssa Sutherland: I think that they’re two pretty strong women. I think what’s really cool – you know, we talk about the fact that there were instances of polygamy and that did happen, and I think what makes Lagertha even more of an exceptional character – I don’t want to talk about Katheryn’s character too much because obviously that’s all her work – but, just from my point of view, it just makes Lagertha an even more exceptional character from that time period to walk away and to say, ‘Well, you know what? No.’ And I think that adds even more to who she was at that time. And for Aslaug… I’m not sure she would have been OK with another girl hanging around. There’s a little thing that happens in Episode 2 that she gets a little annoyed at. I don’t want to spoil too much. I think that she probably has too much pride for that to happen. Aslaug knows what she wants and she knows how to get things and how to sort of move people the around her.
Access: Speaking of the people around her, what are we going to see, starting with Episode 2 and going forward, between the couple — Aslaug and Ragnar? Is it a happy union? Can we expect some nice times for the pair of them?
Alyssa: (laughs) Yeah. … I think the love triangle is a really interesting thing for viewers to watch, especially the female audience. I think that that drama – most women can relate to these things going on, so I don’t want to give too much away, but I think from where their relationship starts out at the beginning of the season and where it ends up, and sort of what they go through over the course of the season, there are things that happen. Things do change. What I think I can tell you is… Aslaug loves him. She loves her family and she wants that family unit. That’s not what she had [growing up] and she’s gonna try to do everything in her power to keep that together and to really belong to a family because she’s never had that before.
Access: What has been it like working with Travis?
Alyssa: Travis is great to work with. It’s a joy working with him. He’s got a great work ethic and keeps things lighthearted and fun all at the same time. He’s a really gifted person and has so many ideas and adds so much to that character. It’s pretty cool to be around and be a part of. Every now and then there’s a prank that happens to people as well, which is quite funny.
Access: Has he played one on you recently?
Alyssa: No. Actually, I escaped most of them. I was pretty lucky this season. I know that there were others that definitely got bags of garbage put into their cars and frogs were put into people’s offices. He’ll steal a phone on occasion and start sending people text messages from other people’s phones. I don’t think I can repeat what he says in the text messages. … We all know that he does it so if you pick up your phone and you’ve got this random text message, [it’s like], ‘OK. Travis has stolen someone else’s phone.’
“Vikings” Season 2 continues Thursday nights at 10/9c on History.
NerdRepository.com – In the last of our series of interviews leading up to the Season Two premiere of History’s Vikings, I spoke to Ragnar himself, Travis Fimmel via conference call, and the somewhat shy Australian, now living in Ireland, gave us the lowdown on what’s to come in the season premiere and beyond for Ragnar and his complicated family. Here are some of the highlights, and beware some mild spoilers below:
How hard was it to get back into the character of Ragnar for Season Two, after having been away during your break?
On any job, the first week you feel like you’ve done the worst job in the world. You always want to reshoot the first week of work on any job, because you sort of haven’t really got into it yet. We know everybody on set, we work with a couple of the same directors, we’re all friends. It’s a very friendly set, so it’s not too hard to get into it. The sets and the costumes are so good that they really help put you in that world again.
Was it difficult to say goodbye to Nathan O’Toole who played Ragnar’s son Bjorn, since he’s being replaced by an older actor?
Oh, we all love Nathan. We all love him. He’s such a great little actor. Local Irish guy. I was very sad to see him leave but I think it was a great opportunity for an up and coming young actor to be on the show. But Alexander [Ludgwig] is fantastic too. He [Nathan] was very well replaced. We all miss Nathan a lot, but Alex does a tremendous rendition and he’s a big big boy. He [Bjorn] grows quick in four years.
Did you have any fun experiences doing the combat scenes this season, especially with George Blagden (Athelstan) getting to take part for the first time?
George does a great job this season, he was so excited to do some fighting stuff. He does a really great job. It’s a big part of the show, the fighting. I’m getting too old to do it. [laughs] I’m happy for other people to do my side of the fighting, you know. I try to avoid it, I’m a bit lazy to do that stuff. It’s better than trying to remember lines though!
Vikings has had some fantastic guest stars, including Gabriel Byrne in Season One and Donal Logue in both Season One and Two, so are they any actors on your wishlist to have on the show?
That’s a good question, mate. Of course I loved and it’s great that Donal Logue and Gabriel Byrne were on. I’d love to have some more characters like that. I respect so many actors, mate. I’d love to have… shit, I don’t know, but I hope they bring in some new guys! There are new guys actually, King [Ecbert] this year, Linus [Roach] is fantastic in the role and it’s great doing scenes with him and I hope I get to do some more scenes with him.
HeraldSun.com.au – IT’S not your typical recipe for TV chemistry but former model turned actress Alyssa Sutherland has revealed a large measure of “larrikin spirit” has helped her bond with fellow Aussie and Vikings co-star Travis Fimmel.
With fans and critics of the History Channel’s first scripted drama raving about the pair’s on-screen sizzle, Sutherland says her leading man, rather than some of their more pungent props, is due credit.
“When they met in season one, he’s got this stank-arse fish and I was eating an onion … so yeah it’s been amazing,” she says, with a laugh.
She plays Nordic princess Alsaug, drawn into a love triangle with his alpha male Viking leader Ragnar.
It is a breakthrough series for both, with Sutherland relishing her apprenticeship with the show’s creator Michael Hirst (who penned Cate Blanchett’s first Oscar-nominated role in Elizabeth).
“So many people when they get that first, major thing that they do, it’s not necessarily on something that is critically acclaimed, so I am thanking my lucky stars,” Sutherland says.
The series was the highest-rating show on US cable last year and earned Fimmel much praise for his first TV lead.
But the Echuca native’s cheeky side has earned the ire of his Vikings castmates, with Sutherland spilling the beans about the pranks he plays on the Ireland set.
“He’s been known to steal phones and send rather inappropriate text messages. You have to be careful,” she said. “(The larrikin spirit) is alive in him, trust me.”
Vikings returns to SBSOne for season two on March 24.
The battle begins between Ragnar and King Horik’s forces against Jarl Borg. Borg is joined by Rollo, and this Viking clash pits brother against brother. There can only be one victor. Meanwhile, Princess Aslaug makes her way to Kattegat and brings with her a surprise that leaves Ragnar in a difficult predicament.
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Vikings began its raid on the small screen last season, coming away with a bounty of ratings riches. Surprising everyone, the show became the number one new cable series of the year with an average of over 4 million viewers. Now Vikings is sailing back to the small screen with an ambitious, dark, and dangerous new season.
When we last left off our favorite raider Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) was battling with brother Rollo (Clive Standen) while complicating his love life. On a raid he spent time with the beautiful Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) while at home his wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) was dealt the crushing blow of seeing daughter Gita die. And former monk Athelstan (George Blagden) was finally starting to take to the Viking way of life.
Hollywood.com was lucky enough to chat with Vikings stars Travis Fimmel, George Blagden, and Alyssa Sutherland to get the scope on Season 2. Here’s what they let slip:
Athelstan has embraced the Viking way of life… or has he?
As the season begins, Athelstan has seemingly thrown his lot in with the Vikings entirely. But has he really given up on his Christian faith?
“We leave Athelstan in Season 1 in a very conflicted place. The most interesting characters to play as an actor and watch as an audience are the ones that have deep conflicts running throughout. It would have been far too easy to make Athelstan a completely converted pagan and gung-ho into Viking life,” actor George Blagden said about his character.
“What you see throughout the first few episodes of Season 2 is an attempt and potentially a bit of a bluff on his part. Hopefully what we’ve been able to capture this season is the ongoing conflict that Athelstan has.”
Ragnar’s love life gets complicated
With his relationship with the tough-as-nails Lagertha on the rocks, Ragnar spends some quality time with the beautiful Princess Aslaug. The repercussions of their momentary fling are far-reaching in Season 2, especially when Aslaug shows up in town pregnant.
“He wants it to be like the Brady Bunch, Ragnar does,” star Travis Fimmel said about Ragnar’s hope of combining both families. “People are putting 21st century values on it, but that stuff happened back then. He had to give it a shot anyway, you know?”
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There are paths seen and unseen. There are paths taken. There are the Midwest housewives who sit at home, but formerly popped bennies and ran topless through every jam band show at the local amphitheater. There are the vagrant, longhaired transients who receive stares as they push their cart of nothings around sweaty Southern towns, but formerly received stares only because they were professing at the front of a philosophy class. There are the attention-deficit young men, oft chastised for their inability to focus, but given open creativity, become playwrights and screenwriters. There are the balladeers. There are the celebrities. There is the you. There is the me. And there is Travis Fimmel, sitting in a hotel room in Vancouver, freezing his balls off. His is a story of barefooted farm boy turned bare-bodied model turned actor.
“It’s bloody cold,” he says in a relaxed Australian drawl. Of course it is. Fimmel grew up helping out on the family farm in a small town on the fork of two rivers in the middle of the sunburnt Australia. He’s currently in the benumbed west Canadian port city filming Duncan Jones’ Warcraft: a film of epic proportion and expectation. But despite the video game-based film, one gets the feeling Fimmel is the kind of lad that would much rather be chopping wood than mashing plastic buttons on a gaming controller. “I’d never heard of it,” he freely admits.
The path begins.
When I ask about his early foray into Australian-rules football, he concedes what stymied the course, “Yeah but I sucked at it, man, I was very bad.” And thus he skipped the sporting life and tried college, “I didn’t pass any classes because I didn’t end up showing up—I was doing project managing for construction, like a foreman. Architecture and commerce [was the] main part of the course, I didn’t really want to go to college, I was just trying to fill in time…but then I ended up going overseas.” Fimmel wasn’t meant to be a paper-pushing desk jockey; just as Paul fucking Newman wasn’t meant to sling charred chicory at 9to5ers. With those baby blues and gilded locks it wasn’t long before Fimmel was modeling, most notably for Calvin Klein and most times wearing not a stitch. Previously Fimmel has played down his years of modeling, crediting favorable lighting, advanced cameras, and Photoshop for his looks and success. In fact, it’s speculated—and blatantly obvious upon viewing—that Fimmel was the inspiration behind Samantha’s washed-out brick-bod lover—“Jerry” Smith Jerrod—on Sex and the City.
The path winds.
“Wound up in L.A., got into an acting class and then that’s where I started acting. I had no idea, never wanted to do this stuff, still don’t really want to do it, mate,” he admits. Fimmel is even-keeled, he exudes a thoughtless vibe, and as much as Fimmel plays it all down, one even has to question how hard he worked to get to his current status. Sometimes his nonchalant nature can come off as arrogant, and it’s easy to imagine he’s often misunderstood, but could care less; he’s just riding the wave. And it may have stuttered a bit in the beginning, Fimmel took jobs everyone in Hollywood thought would pay dividends but floundered [see: WB’s Tarzan] until he grew a beard and started swinging an axe. Ah, the farm boy swinging the axe again. It’s in History Channel’s Vikings that Fimmel has found his niche, receiving acclaim for his portrayal of the contemplative but merciless, Ragnar Lothbrok, a deep-thinking maniac from Viking Age Europe. There is a swagger to his character that is maintained somewhere within Fimmel. When I ask about his association with Ragnar, he states, “Every guy that I know that fights is always the quietest guy in the room; I just try to think more than talk. You’ll always learn more by listening rather than being the loudest guy in the room. And whatever you do, you do because you enjoy it, so I try to make my character enjoy fighting.”
The path straightens.
And so we find ourselves back in that Vancouver hotel room, freezing our balls off with Fimmel, as he’s in the midst of shooting the biggest film of his career. With all the aloofness Fimmel radiates, it piques one’s interest to know what he really is passionate about, “Farming mate, that’s what I want to do. I love the country. It’s hard to explain. When you grow up in the country you just enjoy it so much. I love animals and I love trees and anything country.”
And, lastly, that beard that’s quickly becoming his trademark: “It just grew I guess, I couldn’t for ages. I would have loved to grow one when I was a kid, I would have loved to have gone to prom and school and shit with a beard.”
Nothing to do with shedding the barefaced image of your Calvin Klein days?
“[Audibly scoffs] shit. I couldn’t grow one then otherwise I would have had one.”
That would have been a different path.
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Last year Vikings was a surprise hit from History. Now it is returning with the “newness” removed and a time slot on Thursday nights. This time slot may prove more fearsome than any enemy these Norsemen might face. Luckily History believes in airing shows over and over each week.
The first episode takes up just where the last episode ended. Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is involved in a battle against his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) and Rollo’s ally Jarl Borg (Thorbjorn Harr). Ragnar has King Horik (Donal Logue) on his side so the two armies are fairly well matched. This battle will affect events that occur throughout the season.
During this new season there will be a leap in time of four years. The main effect of this jump will be the chance to see Ragnar’s son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) go from being a young teenager to a much older one. All of the other characters miraculously look the same age after the time leap.
Ragnar is certainly the central character in the show but there is a trio of strong women who influence his life in many ways. First there is his wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). She is a warrior herself and can stand beside Ragnar in battle as an equal. Then there is Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), a woman Ragnar impregnated when off on one of his travels. Finally there is Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), the wife of one of Ragnar’s enemies who is now deceased. She has managed to imbed herself in Ragnar’s home and is one who could be his undoing.
There are other characters too numerous to mention who inhabit Ragnar’s world. They all add something to the plot and make an impression from time to time. It takes some study on the part of the viewer to keep them all defined. Some are more easily identified than others.
Still it is Fimmel’s Ragnar who dominates the show. He is not your average hero as he can be kind in one moment and vicious in the next. These are barbarians after all and they are ruthless in battle. Still because of Fimmel’s innate likeability viewers are inclined to forgive Ragnar his trespasses.
The texture of the show is once again impressive as the landscape projects the look of Scandinavia where the story is set. It also helps that this is a new world in a sense as these times and people have not been the setting or source for other shows in the past.
Vikings is a raw look at a specific period of time and a definite group of people. It is all believable and exciting week after week. This may make it a bit too much for casual viewers who do not like the violence this series projects, but for those willing to absorb the blows this is a TV series unlike anything else you will see at this time.
Vikings airs Thursday nights at 10 on the History.
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